Pakistan news October 26, 2013

Pakistan mulling short tour of South Africa


Pakistan are contemplating a short limited-overs tour of South Africa after the current series in the UAE ends on November 15. Their schedule is bare until Sri Lanka arrive in the UAE for a full tour starting December 11, while South Africa will be free until India arrive for their series, most probably in early December. That means the available window for any series would be two weeks.

The proposal for a short, limited-overs series was put forward to Cricket South Africa by the PCB' interim management committee. With CSA expected to lose R200 million (US$ 20m approx.) owing to the curtailed India tour, this may be a way to make some of that up.

"We are in communication to play a series with South Africa," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "We have an available window ahead of upcoming Sri Lanka series and the plan is to play in South Africa. The proposal however is under consideration and the correspondence is at a preliminary stage with no concrete decision made so far."

The tour was suggested after the original seven ODIs between South Africa and India were cut down to three, the three-Test series brought down to two, and the two-match T20 series scrapped. Pakistan are scheduled to return to the UAE on December 6 to take on Sri Lanka in two T20s, five ODIs and three Tests.

Pakistan announced the schedule for their domestic season last month, according to which the National T20 tournament featuring 17 regional teams was to take place after South Africa's tour of the UAE, but the PCB spokesman confirmed that if Pakistan's proposed tour to South Africa is approved, the National T20 Cup will be pushed back.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Jawwad on October 30, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Good initiative by PCB. You only get better by playing the best so why not? More importantly, Pak batsmen would have this wonderful opportunity to play more on the S. African pitches. That would be a step in the right direction for this young core.

  • asad on October 29, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    If this happens then both pak and sa should use non regular players. This will be a good way to test the talent of both countries. Pak's squad should be: Sami Aslam, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Sharjeel Khan, Haris Sohail, Hammad Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammed Rizwan, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah, Raza Hasan, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan (jr), Ehhsan Adil, Asad Ali. There are some other guys who could be in this squad like Akbar-ur-rehman or Fawad Alam or some bowlers but the point is to try out new players.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    This Is an excellent idea but it would be far much better if they invite one more team fo a short TRi nation series..

  • greig on October 28, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    More pointless bi-lateral ODI games. It seems like the only team we play against are Pakistan. Other teams too scared.

  • Raja on October 27, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    That is an excellent idea for both teams to prepare for their important upcoming series against India and Srilanka. I dont mind them playing against each other for the third time in a year because whenever they play against each other in recent past we have seen good interesting matches. And we never complaint about ENG vs AUS , IND vs AUS or SA vs IND so why we think SA vs PAK is too much ... Dont forget Pakistan team is third best team while playing abroad (far better than INDIA). I hope this tour gets confirmed from both boards.

  • hasan on October 27, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    excellent idea by pcb. bravo to them. i hope csa accepts it coz after all it would help them elsewell in recovring lost money. both boards are frndz together. but i doubt there would be a test series. any way i want them to tour s.a again.

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Pakistan should arrange a global event like IPL, but much shorter than IPL, in UAE or if possible in South Africa until cricket returns back to Pakistan. This will help their players groom and develop on international stage.

  • Arslan on October 27, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    I Think in this period pakistan should arange Domestic T20tornament With Some Hype like Allow Regions To Call Some Forign Players in the squad..Otherwise arrange a Tri-nation series between pakistan south africa and other available country contain 1 match played against each other..OR Pakistan should invite ireland and afghanistan to play with them in Karachi And Lahore Revival tri-series in Pakistan which boast pakistan and make soft corner in ICC and Other board..

  • TARIQ on October 27, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    This is a great idea just to challenge BCCI power and bullying the other boards to show that there are other boards in world who can play their part to get SA out of financial mess and wouldn't leave them on BCCI's mercy, so 3 ODI and 2 t20 is a good idea. @Naseer,playing with Afg?,sorry not a good idea,PAK already doing more to play against lower ranked teams and have paid the price recently against ZIM,thats why other teams don't play them as this is a thankless job, its not that they are afraid of them.

  • vacas on October 27, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    triple series with SA during 2013! SA than UAE than SA again, we love it

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